LOS ANGELES, February 8, 2010 â€“ For travel-savvy golf enthusiasts this summer, Crystal Cruises is introducing an ultra-exclusive opportunity to be a part of the ultimate competition in the birthplace of the game. During the new three-night Extended Land Program from Edinburgh, Crystal guests will be treated to VIP access and the highest level of service at the 150th British Open Championship at famed St. Andrewâ€™s Golf Club, before joining Crystal Serenityâ€™s July 19 Black Sea voyage to Istanbul.
Besides the action on the links during the final two days of the championship, participants will enjoy full access to a private hospitality area with refreshments and open bar throughout the day, three-course lunch and traditional English afternoon tea. Arrangements include five-star hotel accommodations in Edinburgh, a private driver and air transportation from Edinburgh to Venice.
â€œTo attend such a renowned tournament at the oldest golf club in the world is a thrill for golf-lovers, and weâ€™re excited to offer our guests such a distinctive opportunity,â€ says John Stoll, director of land programs. â€œThis program offers guests the ideal kickoff to a fantastic vacation, with the high standards of luxury and service they enjoy aboard our ships.â€
The limited-availability British Open Championship Extended Land Program starts at $5,199 per person, double occupancy.
Following the British Open land program, Crystal Serenityâ€™s July 19, 12-day cruise sails from Venice July 19, visiting Katakolon and Navplion, Greece; Nesebur, Bulgaria; Yalta and Odessa, Ukraine, plus a maiden call to Sevastopol; and Istanbul, Turkey. On board, golfers can perfect their own game in the shipâ€™s dedicated driving and putting areas, and get tips from Crystalâ€™s onboard PGA Pros Denise and Gordon Walker.
Two-for-One cruise fares start at $6,645 per person, double occupancy, and include a $1,000 per person â€˜All Inclusive â€“ As You Wishâ€™ shipboard credit. Air transportation from more than 20 North American gateways â€“ Business Class air for Penthouse guests â€“ is also included.
For more information and Crystal reservations, contact a travel agent, call 888-799-4625, or visit www.crystalcruises.com.